This weeks ‘FlashBack Friday’ jam goes to Horace Brown with his hit single “Things We Do For Love” from his 1996 self-titled debut album. The single was officially his 2nd single off that self-titled debut album and was his most popular among R&B listeners although the single charted at #40 on Billboard R&B Charts. Take a look at the music video below:
This weeks ‘FlashBack Friday’ jam goes to Ex-Girlfriend with their debut hit single “Why Can’t You Come Home” off their 1991 debut album, “X Marks The Spot.” The single went on to become a Top 5 hit on the Billboard R&B chart. Take a look at the music video below:
This weeks ‘FlashBack Friday’ jam goes to the R&B singing group Guy who consisted of R&B singer-songwriters Aaron Hall, Timmy Gatling and Teddy Riley. The song “Do Me Right” featuring the late great Heavy D., was the groups 3rd out of 5 singles that charted high on the Billboard R&B charts. It peaked at #2 helping push their sophomore album entitled The Future to platinum status. Take a look at the music video below:
This weeks ‘FlashBack Friday’ goes to Boy George with his hit single “Don’t Take My Mind On A Trip” off his 1989 album High Hat. The single was a club hit in Canada and the US, produced by Teddy Riley and peaked at #5 on Billboards R&B charts. This was one of our favorite songs from Boy George post Culture Club era. Take a look at the music video below:
This weeks flashback Friday belongs to R&B/ Soul Lisa Stansfield. Her 1989 debut album, ‘Affection’ spawned off the hit single, “All Around The World” and a host of other hits. The single spent two weeks at #1 on the UK singles chart in November 1989 and reaching the top in 11 other countries. In January 1990, it peaked at #3 on the Billboard Hot 100 but is the second single by a white female singer to top the Billboard R&B chart after Teena Marie’s “Ooo La La La” completed this feat for the first time in 1988. The track also topped the Hot Dance Music/Club Play chart, and reached #7 on the Adult Contemporary chart. Take a look at the music video for her chart topper below:
This weeks ‘Flashback Friday’ song and video is from Juvenile, with his hit song “Ha” off his multi-platinum album 400 Degreez. Take a look back at magnolia’s finest below:
This weeks flashback song and video comes from the R&B King, Usher. The 1994 debut Gold selling album, ‘Usher’ produced 3 singles including this second official single “Think Of You” which charted as high as #7 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart, and #58 on the Billboard Hot 100. The music video starred a young unknown actress at the time by the name of Taral Hicks and was choreographed by ‘T-Boz’ from TLC. Take a look at the young Usher in action:
This weeks flashback song and video is from the one and only M.C. aka Mariah Carey. The single and video for “The Roof” was off her 1997 multi-platinum selling cd and one of my personal best ‘Butterfly’. The song and video features Queens bred rappers Mobb Deep. Mariah used a sample from their hit, “Shook Ones pt. II” to give the song an R&B/Hip-Hop blend. Take a look at M.C. looking fine in those V Jeans.
Happy Friday everyone! Let’s jam to an old school classic from one of Pop’s major groups, C&C Music Factory. C+C Music Factory consisted primarily of the two record producers Robert Clivilles and David Cole (who died in 95′) and leading female vocalists varied pending on the recording project. I remember Zelma, in which she was lip syncing the lyrics originally sung by Martha Wash. The hit song, “Do You Wanna Get Funky” went straight to the top of the charts. In case you never seen the video, take a look below:
Today’s flashback Friday song and video goes to the one and only Queen Of Pop, Janet Jackson. The song & music video, “Rock With U” was the second single released off her 2008 #1 Album, ‘Discipline.’ Although the song failed to reach the top of the charts, due to lack of promotion. It was accompanied along with a music video, peaking at number twenty-one on the Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles. The Jermaine Dupri produced song was written by R&B singer/songwriter Ne-Yo. This song is pure house music, with an electroboogie bass line borrowed from the ’80s. Very reminiscent to a classic Donna Summer record. Which in my opinion, this song was one of the leading songs to marry “dance electro pop” with “mainstream pop” in this new millennium.
The music video, directed by Saam Farahmand and choreographed by Gil Duldulao, premiered on BET back in March, 08. The video features Jackson having a party inside a club with red and white rays of light entering the room. Throughout the video, Jackson and a group of dancers perform complex dance routines, leading to a kiss by a mystery man in the connecting hallway. I personally thought this music video was ahead of it’s time, with a similar formula we now see in music videos today by Lady Gaga, Rihanna, etc. If the song had received a fair amount of promotion like other Janet singles, I believe it would have been a smash hit! What do you think of the song and video?